Patience is a virtue - but not in football

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Paul Pogba has been identified as player with the ability to rank alongside some of Manchester United's modern greats but, it would appear, the club are in danger of losing out on the talented midfielder.

The 18-year-old Frenchman is out of contract at the end of the season and, although Sir Alex Ferguson is keen to keep him at Old Trafford, no deal has been struck as of yet.

Naturally, a player as gifted as Pogba is attracting interest from elsewhere, and Juventus has been touted as a potential destination for the teenager, as has Arsenal.

But why would Pogba even consider leaving the most successful club in the history of English football? Well, says his agent, that is because Pogba is not featuring in the United first-team.

“It is a precarious situation. It is difficult at the moment," Mino Raiola told the Daily Mail.

"Manchester United want him. It is up to the boy to make some decisions. It is never nice for the player not to be in the squad.

"We must keep our minds cool and heads cool. Some things are good. Some things are not good."

It would surely be fair to assume that Pogba's apparent reluctance to put pen to paper just yet is not only tempered by a lack of action, but also motivated by financial ambitions.

United have never been a side to pay over the odds in order to keep young players sweet - as West Ham's January acquisition Ravel Morrison will surely testify.

But, as Sir Alex Ferguson has said, if a player is patient and loyal towards Manchester United, they will be rewarded handsomely as time progresses.

In Pogba's case, it is difficult to comprehend why, at 18 years old, he miffed at not being able to break into a side that won the league and made the final of the Champions League last season.

The young midfielder is either incredibly cocksure or, perhaps more likely, poorly advised and has had seeds of doubt planted in his mind by those around him.

This, unfortunately, is allowing Pogba to garner a reputation as nuisance, and outsiders will know more about his apparent impatience rather than his unquestionable talent.

Loyalty in football is clearly a thing of the past in most cases, and players should be admired for their ambition rather than castigated for apparent treachery.

But can there by many greater ambitions for a young player than to make a name for himself at Manchester United?

Patience is a virtue, or so they say, but try explaining that to some football players.

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